Paolo Olmi conducts the Young Musicians European Orchestra in the concert for Nasiriyah

Sunday 12 November in Rome in the Basilica of Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso

A concert in the heart of Rome, in the Basilica of Santi Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso,

in the presence of the highest state officials twenty years after the Nasiriyah massacre in Iraq in which 19 Italian soldiers lost their lives. A

special event, which will take place on Sunday 12 November at 9pm, promoted by Er Concerti, by Cidim, the Italian National Music Committee and by Aiam, the Italian Association of Musical Activities with the support of the Ministry of Culture Directorate General for Entertainment and the patronage of the Ministry of Defence. In the evocative setting of the church in Via del Corso, the Young Musicians European Orchestra will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Eroica, directed by maestro Paolo Olmi, who in 2004 took part in the first concert to remember the victims of Nasiriyah. The concert will end with the performance of Mameli’s Canto degli Italiani performed by the orchestra which will be joined by the Carabinieri band and the Army band respectively directed by the maestros Massimo Martinelli and Filippo Cangiamila.

For me, conducting this concert is a great honor – explains maestro Paolo Olmi – that of Nassiriya is still an open wound for all of us and I am proud, with my young orchestra, to be able to contribute so that no one forgets the terrible tragedy that occurred in 2003 in Iraq,

the pain, the sense of emptiness and bewilderment of the many families involved in a dramatic and cruel event that suddenly shattered the lives of many people. Our orchestra, made up not only of Italians but also of very young professionals from other European countries, wants to honor all these people in a choral way and will do so with the instrument we know best: music, with all the emotions that it is capable of arouse. I want to thank Cidim, the Italian National Music Committee and also Aiam, the Italian Association of Musical Activities, for offering the musicians of the Young Musicians European Orchestra the incredible opportunity to perform on the occasion of such a significant commemoration for our country. Musicians of different nationalities play in our orchestra, including Palestinians, Poles, Israelis, Ukrainians, Spanish, Germans, Albanians. And all together we want to send a message of peace in a world devastated by dramatic conflicts.”

The Ymeo Young Musicians European Orchestra is a start-up based in Ravenna, made up exclusively of musicians from all over Europe, with an average age of 23 years. Directed by Maestro Paolo Olmi, it collaborates, under the artistic direction of Ignacio Ábalos, with the main London musical institutions, namely the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In collaboration with Maeci and the Cooperativa Emilia-Romagna Concerti, the European Orchestra of Young Musicians has been able to distinguish itself in recent years for the very high quality of its productions and co-productions, for the promotion of major events both in Italy and abroad . From Bethlehem to Jerusalem, she has been to China, North Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Congo, Germany and many other countries, with the constant commitment to launch new talents and offer them the opportunity to study, improve and perform in Italy and in the rest of the world.